PASTORS' DAILY DEVOTIONAL
Apr
29

Pay Attention to the Signs

Tim Savage

Scripture
23 Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts.
 24 Point out anything in me that offends you,
and lead me along the path of everlasting life. Psalm 139 (NLT)

24 Then Jesus said to his disciples, “If any of you wants to be my follower, you must turn from your selfish ways, take up your cross, and follow me. 25 If you try to hang on to your life, you will lose it. But if you give up your life for my sake, you will save it. 26 And what do you benefit if you gain the whole world but lose your own soul? Is anything worth more than your soul? 27 For the Son of Man will come with his angels in the glory of his Father and will judge all people according to their deeds. Matthew 16 (NLT) 
Observation
Doesn’t the Bible come alive even more in the wake of the many worldwide natural disasters and the intense volatility in the Middle East? All of God’s instructions and the events of Jesus’ life are magnified and brightened in the context that we are in the last chapters of this time on earth. Unrest between Palestine and Israel has recently risen to new level and the death and destruction America’s middle west is just the latest in a growing number of worldwide disasters that are occurring much more frequently.

As we talked about these things in a meeting yesterday I noticed that, while each of us was concerned, we wasted no time in getting back to the business before us. My worry is that as we head towards Jesus’ return we will become more desensitized to the event around us: that we will stop paying attention to the signs. I don’t think we should quit our jobs and stop paying our bills because the world will end next week, but it’s safe to say that we’ve come to point where we all agree that it seems very close; close enough to examine our lives as it says in Psalms 139:23-24. To invite God to search us is such a frightening thought, He sees right through all of our facades and right down to all of our carefully hidden sins. We are laid bare and vulnerable, our only respite is in trying to lead a life that pleases Him. 
Application
These passages are full of powerful lessons and applications for me. I must deepen my faith and reliance on Him and stop trying to control my future, my finances, my power, my influence, my position – none of that matters. Matthew 16 reminds me that I am inherently selfish and prideful and I must work hard to constantly kill those things in my heart; that I must die so that He can live in me. I’ve been so full of myself; I’ve left no room for Him. 
Prayer
Dear Heavenly Father,

I’m so sorry for my selfishness and pride, please fill me afresh with You and help me to push out those things that are of me. I want to have faith only in You and not the things of this world. May my life bring You honor and glory.

In Jesus name,

Amen

Devotions for April 29

2 Samuel 4,5
Psalm 139
Matthew 16

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